indiana dunes tourism grants 2024

Indiana Dunes Tourism Announces 2024 Grants

     Indiana Dunes Tourism announces 2024 grant awards to local organizations and businesses through its Indiana Dunes Tourism Grant Program.
     The program’s mission: To fund community projects, marketing initiatives, and unique events for the purpose of attracting new and repeat visitors to Porter County by extending their stay through the creation and promotion of attractions and product development initiatives. This year Indiana Dunes Tourism awarded a total of $49,411.85 to the following:

* 219 Taproom.
* Chesterton Branding and Leadership Corporation.
* Dig the Dunes LLC.
* Duneland Bike-n-Bar LLC.
* Ewalt Jahnz Porter County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 165 Inc.
* Humane Indiana.
* Indiana Audubon Society.
* Izaak Walton League of America’s Porter County Chapter.
* Le Tour de Shore LLC.
* Leon’s Heroes.
* Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association.
* Northwest Indiana Paddling Association.
* Portage Parks, Porter County Aging and Community Services.
*The Market on 12.

     “Every year, we are thrilled to see our community organizations stepping up to improve the Indiana Dunes area,” said Dustin Ritchea, production director and grant administrator, Indiana Dunes Tourism. “These grants allow us to offer support that may not be available anywhere else, and we’ve worked hard this year to streamline and simplify the entire process.”
     “These grants are a vital part of Indiana Dunes Tourism’s mission to promote our destination,” Indiana Dunes President and CEO Christine Livingston said. “They are meant to provide local support to enhance visitors’ experiences and improve quality of life within our communities.”
     A number of different types of projects qualified for the program this year, and Porter County for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, including cities and towns, were eligible to
apply:
     *Community Development Projects (maximum request $5,000): Eligible projects included the creation or enhancement of tourism amenities, attractions, facilities, and experiences within Porter County which would attract out-of-county visitors and improve the quality of life for residents.
     *Events (maximum request $2,500): Eligible events included Porter County festivals, special events, conventions, and sports tournaments which would attract attendees from outside Northwest Indiana. Indiana Dunes Tourism does not award funding for seasonal or holiday events celebrated by most communities (Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.).
     *Marketing (maximum request $2,500): The marketing of events or community development projects was eligible if it targeted audiences outside of Porter County.
     “This is what tourism is about,” Indiana Dunes Tourism Board Member Scott Tuft said. “It’s about improving this place we call home. Our job is to help visitors appreciate our destination and to help locals understand the value of what tourism can do for them, their businesses, and their communities.”
     Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning, and development organization for the Indiana Dunes and Porter County at large. Organizations interested in learning more about Indiana Dunes Tourism and its many opportunities should go to IndianaDunes.com/Grant-Programs Or call 219-926-2255.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.